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The Ancient Mediterranean Sea in Modern Visual and Performing Arts: Sailing in Troubled Waters

by: Guardiola, R.R.

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Code: 25125
ISBN-13: 9781350117242 / 978-1-350-11724-2
ISBN-10: 1350117242 / 1-350-11724-2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: 2019
Publication Place: London
Binding: Paper
Pages: 325
Book Condition: New
Comments: Imagines - Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing ArtsFirst Published 2018

About Ancient Mediterranean Sea in Modern Visual and Performing Arts
When thinking about the Mediterranean, Fernand Braudel's haunting words resound like an echo of the sea and its millenary history. From Prehistory until today, the Mediterranean has been setting, witness and protagonist of mythical adventures, of encounters with the Other, of battles and the rise and fall of cultures and empires, of the destinies of humans. Braudel's appeal for a long durée history of the Mediterranean challenged traditional views that often present it as a sea fragmented and divided through periods.

This volume proposes a journey into the bright and dark sides of the ancient Mediterranean through the kaleidoscopic gaze of artists who from the Renaissance to the 21st century have been inspired by its myths and history. The view of those who imagined and recreated the past of the sea has largely contributed to the shaping of modern cultures which are inexorably rooted and embedded in Mediterranean traditions. The contributions look at modern visual reinterpretations of ancient myths, fiction and history and pay particular attention to the theme of sea travel and travellers, which since Homer's Odyssey has become the epitome of the discovery of new worlds, of cultural exchanges and a metaphor of personal developments and metamorphoses.

Table of contents
List of Contributors
List of Illustrations

Rosario Rovira Guardiola, The British Museum, UK

The Mediterranean as a Geographical Space

1. Roman Adriatic ports and the antiquarian tradition
Federico Ugolini

2. Chronotopes of Hellenic antiquity: The Strait of Reggio and Messina in documents from the Grand Tour era
Marco Benoît Carbone

3. The Eternal Words of the Latin Sea: Fedra by Mur Oti
Francisco Salvador Ventura, Universidad de Granada, Spain

Living and Dying in Troubled Waters

4. Quod mare non novit, quae nescit Ariona tellus? (Ov. Fast. II,83)
Dorit Engster, University of Göttingen, Germany

5. Ulysses in the cinema: the example of Nostos, il ritorno (Franco Piavoli, Italy 1990)
Óscar Lapeña Marchena, Universidad de Cádiz, Spain

6. A sea of metal plates: images of the Mediterranean from the XVIIIth century until post-modern theatre
Sotera Fornaro, Università di Sassari, Italy

7. Sailors on Board, Heroes en Route. From the Aegean World to Modern Stage
Erika Notti and Martina Treu, Università IULM – Milano, Italy

A Personal Sea. The Artist and the Sea

8. Ancient Seas in Modern Opera: Sea Images and Mediterranean Myths in Rihm's Dionysos
Jesús Carruesco, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain and Montserrat Reig, Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology, Tarragona, Spain

9. A mirror to see your soul. The exile of Ovid in Eugene Delacroix's painting
Rosario Rovira Guardiola, The British Museum, UK

10. Cinematic Romans and the Mediterrranean Sea
Cecilia Ricci, Università degli Studi del Molise, Italy

Sea Politics

11. Changing their sky, not their soul. Lawrence Alma-Tadema's vision of the ancient Mediterranean
Quentin Broughall, Independent scholar

12. The image of Phoenicians and Carthaginians in Modern Spanish History and Culture
Antonio Duplá Ansuategui, Univ. País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain

13. Screening the Battle of Actium. Naval Victory, Erotic Tragedy, and the Birth of an Empire
Monica Silveira Cyrino, University of New Mexico, USA

Contemporary Uses of the Classical Mediterranean

14. Troubled Waters: Performative imaginary in the Project PI – Pequena Infância
Sofia de Carvalho, Elisabete Cação and Ana Seiça Carvalho, University of Coimbra – CECH, Portugal


15. Nem Gregos nem Troianos
José Bandeira


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The Ancient Mediterranean Sea in Modern Visual and Performing Arts: Sailing in Troubled Waters

by: Guardiola, R.R.

  • ISBN-13: 9781350117242 / 978-1-350-11724-2
  • ISBN-03: 1350117242 / 1-350-11724-2
  • Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2019

Price: 33,54 EURO

1 copy in stock